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by pcmag

Published February 17, 2010


This is episode 206 of crankygeeks. Here is the episode page description:

Episode 206:
Questioning Google's Dominance, Google Races to Change Buzz, Is Chrome Your Next Browser?, and more...

What's new in Episode 206

Today's Guests:
Sebastian Rupley, Co-Crank, Editor, GigaOM.com
Tom Merritt, Executive Editor, CNet
Dan Goodin, Reporter, The Register

The Topics:
Google Scrambles to Change Buzz, Amid Privacy Concerns

Just two days after making big changes to Buzz, and less than a week after the service first launched, Google has again altered the terms of its new chat platform. Instead of auto-following all your Gmail contacts, you can choose who to follow from a list.

Government Defends Warrantless Device Tracking

In a novel privacy case, the Obama administration has told an appeals court that police should be able to learn the locations of mobile devices without a search warrant. There "is no constitutional bar" to acquiring "routine business records held by a communications service provider," they say.

Vodafone CEO Challenges Google

Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao warns fellow telecom executives that Google--and other companies that dominate parts of the mobile ecosystem--could be getting too powerful and suggests regulators need to get involved.

Chrome May Very Well Be Your Next Browser

Google Chrome's market share is starting to skyrocket, writes PCMag's Lance Ulanoff, who says it will become the number one browser. He says Google updates the browser much faster than Firefox or IE are updated, and it remains wicked fast.

Is the iPad a Blessing for Publishers?

The iPad is a powerful delivery platform for the next-generation of books, magazines and more, says Tim Bajarin. It can integrate videos, audio and more with publications. But the iPad could give rise to a new creative self-publishing crowd that could decimate the old-school publishing industry.

Topic links:
http://gigaom.com/2010/02/13/google-is-dancing-as-fast-as-it-can-with-buzz/
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10453214-38.html?tag=newsEditorsPicksArea.0
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-10454086-78.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358686,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358875,00.asp


Run time 31:45
Producer pcmag
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

Credits

John C. Dvorak

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